FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Help is on the way for those who’ve had to recently bury their loved one due to COVID-19.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA, is offering financial assistance up to $9,000 per funeral and $35,050 per family.
Market Director for Dignity Memorial Jessica Coleman says the cost for a proper burial can be a lot more than some families expect.
Coleman says, “The average cost for a funeral service and a burial at a cemetery ranges anywhere from $6,000 all the way up to $15,000 but can certainly fluctuate.”
Anyone who died from COVID-19 after Jan. 20 of last year is eligible.
President of Midwest Funeral Home John Thompson says because of the pandemic some families were not financially prepared.
Thompson says, “The majority of the individuals that passed away from COVID, they did not have savings.”
To date, 12,762 Hoosiers, and more than 563,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus.
Coleman says it’s absolutely heartbreaking.
She says, “We’ve served hundreds of families at our funeral homes who have lost a loved one due to covid-19. It was absolutely heartbreaking, and it continues to be.”
Thompson says when families lose their loved ones suddenly from COVID-19, there is no real closure.
Thompson adds, “During the beginning of COVID, the last time they saw their loved ones were when they checked them into the hospital and that was it. The sense of closure did not exist, and it’s was very difficult for that sense of closure.”
Coleman says planning is key.
She adds, “Really outline what you want to make sure that your family doesn’t have to take that burden on and try to make those decisions while they’re grieving.”
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